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					      IŞIK UNIVERSITY
INCOMING EXCHANGE STUDENT
   ORIENTATION BOOKLET
         2008-2009
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

MESSAGE FROM THE EU PROGRAMS OFFICE ................................................................ 3
INFORMATION RELATED TO CAMPUS AND YOUR ARRIVAL .................................... 4
  Important Phone Numbers on Campus .................................................................................. 4
  An Overall Look at Important Campus Points ....................................................................... 6
  Erasmus & Global Interaction Club (ESN IŞIK SECTION) ................................................. 7
  Important Note for Erasmus Students .................................................................................... 8
  Admissions Information ......................................................................................................... 8
  Travel Arrangements and How to Get to the Campus ........................................................... 8
  Some Important Dates for the Academic Year 2008-2009 .................................................... 9
  After Your Arrival ................................................................................................................ 10
     Residence Permit .............................................................................................................. 10
     Orientation ........................................................................................................................ 11
     Registration ...................................................................................................................... 11
  Housing ................................................................................................................................ 13
  Fees and Expenses in General .............................................................................................. 14
  Various Important Services on Campus ............................................................................... 15
     Food Services ................................................................................................................... 15
     Computer Facilities .......................................................................................................... 15
     Transportation .................................................................................................................. 17
     Health Services ................................................................................................................. 17
     Counseling ........................................................................................................................ 17
     Other Services .................................................................................................................. 18
PRACTICAL NOTES ON LIVING IN ISTANBUL .............................................................. 19
  City Transportation .............................................................................................................. 19
  Communication .................................................................................................................... 20
  Emergency and Medical Services and Pharmacies .............................................................. 21
  Money & Banking ................................................................................................................ 21
  Sightseeing ........................................................................................................................... 22
  Shopping............................................................................................................................... 22
  Concerts, Festivals ............................................................................................................... 23
  Online Ticketmaster Company............................................................................................. 23
  İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts ............................................................................ 23
  Galleries and Museums ........................................................................................................ 23
  Travel Agencies.................................................................................................................... 23
  Airlines ................................................................................................................................. 23
  Bus Companies ..................................................................................................................... 24
  Car Rental ............................................................................................................................. 24
  Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Turkey...................................................................... 24
  International and Local Cargo Companies ........................................................................... 24
  Basic Information about Prices in Turkey............................................................................ 25
  Useful Links ......................................................................................................................... 26
STUDENT ARRIVAL FORM................................................................................................. 27
IŞIK UNIVERSITY ERASMUS & GLOBAL INTERACTION CLUB: I WANT A
MENTOR FORM ..................................................................................................................... 28
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MESSAGE FROM THE EU PROGRAMS OFFICE


Dear Students,


Welcome to Istanbul and Işık University! We hope you will have the chance to benefit from
Istanbul as well as our campus towards stimulating your social, academic interests and questions.

Işık gives great importance to promoting the European dimension, quality culture, enhanced
student mobility and related activities towards achieving a real international, multifaceted and
transparent learning environment that will satisfy broad spectrum of ideas, ideals and knowledge.

I hope you will find our “Orientation Booklet” useful during your stay here at Işık. It is
designed to provide you with an overall look at our campus and the city so that you can get
engaged with the atmosphere before you arrive. We will have an extensive orientation program
that will go over some of this information in a more detailed fashion. You will receive
information on room allocations and orientation schedule at a later stage.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

We are happy to welcome you to Işık University!

With warm regards,


Esin Aksay
EU Programs Institutional Coordinator
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INFORMATION RELATED TO CAMPUS AND YOUR ARRIVAL
Important Phone Numbers on Campus
Also take a look at: http://idari.isikun.edu.tr/destek/tr/telefon.html

Telephone codes: Country Code: +90, Asian Side Code: 216, European Side Code: 212

When you are dialing an Asian side number from the Asian side, you directly dial the seven digit
number. The same goes for the European side. When you are calling a European number from
the Asian side you have to dial 0 212 (this is 0 216 for dialing the Asian side from the European).

Within our campus, you only need to dial the last for digits (extensions).

Registration and Official Matters
EU Programs Office                                               216 528 70 28
Registrar’s Office                                               216 528 70 32

Housing Office
Manager                                                          216 712 14 60 – 5017
Dormitory Staff Working Hours                                    216 712 14 60 – 5400
Dormitory Staff Working Hours                                    216 712 14 60 – 5440
Dormitory Staff Non-working Hours                                216 712 14 60 – 5025

Emergency
Main Line                                                        216 712 14 60
Doctor                                                           216 712 14 60 – 5555
Nurse                                                            216 712 14 60 – 8888
Psychological Counselor                                          216 712 14 60 – 5014 / 5404
Main Entrance                                                    216 712 14 60 – 5075

Other Offices
Computer Services                                                216 528 70 72
Library- Information Desk                                        216 528 70 61
Copy Center                                                     216 712 14 60 – 5020 / 5002

Erasmus Faculty/Departmental Advisers
Ercan Solak (Computer Engineering)                               216 528 71 53
Onur Kaya (Electronics Engineering)                              216 528 71 35
Osman Murat Anlı (Industrial Engineering)                        216 528 71 49
Evangelia Şarlak (Humanities and Social Sciences)                216 528 71 04
Gamze Karayaz (Management)                                       216 528 72 11
Besim Bülent Bali (Economics)                                    216 528 71 06
Rabia Karakaya Polat (International Relations)                   216 528 71 07
İsmail Karakurt (Physics)                                        216 528 71 85
Vedat Coşkun (Information Technologies)                          216 528 71 93
Beril Anılanmert (Fine Arts)                                     212 286 49 11
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Student Center:
Supermarket                               216 712 14 60 – 5425
Radio Club                                216 712 14 60 – 5071
AKBANK                                    216 712 14 60 – 5411
Bookstore/ Homer                          216 712 14 60 – 5811
Hairdresser                               216 712 14 60 – 5005
Çınar Tour (shuttle company)              216 712 14 60 – 5076

Emergency Numbers
Police: 155
Ambulance: 112
Fire: 110
Dial 444 0 911 for the nearest hospital
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An Overall Look at Important Campus Points

Şile Campus 1

Dormitories
Red dorms (A, B, C, D Blocks)
Orange dorms (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H Blocks)
Blue dorms (A, B, C, D, E, F Blocks)

DMF- Classroom Building

LMF- Laboratory Building

DK- Classroom Building

AMF- Academic Building
Presidency, Faculties, Instructor Offices, Administrative Staff Offices

EFL- English Language School

Personnel Housing

Social Center
Hosts dining hall, fast food cafeteria, Radio Club as well as Akbank, Bookstore, Supermarket,
Counseling Center, hairdresser, health services.

Tennis Court, Soccer Field, Basketball/ Volleyball field

Gym

Youth Camp
Hosts a restaurant where lunch is also served.

Maslak Campus

Maslak Campus hosts our Faculty of Fine Arts as well as Graduate Programs.

There are frequent shuttles between Şile and Maslak campus. The commute lasts about an hour.
Maslak is a very central location of the city so public transportation from Maslak to other parts of
the city is quite convenient.




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    Please see the attached plan for Şile campus details.
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Erasmus & Global Interaction Club (ESN IŞIK SECTION)



Erasmus & Global Interaction Club (ESN Işık Section) was established by former Erasmus
students and those who are interested in Erasmus experience. The main aim was to introduce the
beauty of exchange experience as well as providing assistance to exchange students. Our club is
also an ESN section so we are trying to make organizations to reach out to more people from
different cultures besides integrating our members into the overall activities of ESN abroad and
in Turkey.

Since its first foundations, we are trying to introduce Erasmus program to more people and help
visiting exchange students survive in Işık University and Istanbul. Mentors program powered by
Erasmus & Global Interaction Club will help exchange students in every encounter they have
during their stay.

We will always be ready to help you throughout your stay. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in
case you have any questions.

Cihan Keskin- President
cihan.keskin@isik.edu.tr


Website
http://kek.isikun.edu.tr

Contacts
ESN- Işık Section
http://kek.isikun.edu.tr/
iekek@isikun.edu.tr

ESN- Turkey Section
http://www.esn.org/esn_international/section_country.php?Country=TR
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Important Note for Erasmus Students
     Erasmus students are highly encouraged to attend to the orientation program.
     Erasmus students should complete their add/drop requests within a month after the
      start of the Academic Year.
     Erasmus students, having come to the country with a student visa, should apply for
      a residence permit within a month of their arrival in the country. EU programs
      Office will assist on this.
     Erasmus students will finalize their courses after talking to their advisers and attending to
      the classes during the first few weeks. It is highly recommended students get in touch
      with the individual instructors as well.

Admissions Information
International students who would like to study at Işık University through the Erasmus exchange
program should apply in accordance with the announced deadlines. Please check
http://eu.isikun.edu.tr/en/forms&procedures.html for application procedure details.

Following is the eligibility criteria for admission:

       You must be a full-time student at your home institution,
       Your home institution and Işık University must have an Erasmus agreement,
       Your institution must nominate you,
       The medium of teaching is English, so all exchange students are expected to be
        proficient in English. (i.e. 79-80 in IBT- TOEFL. Note that presenting a TOEFL score
        is not obligatory.)

Travel Arrangements and How to Get to the Campus
     All incoming international students must notify the EU Programs Office about
      their travel information (arrival dates and hours, detailed flight information) in advance
      for the necessary room arrangements as well as for possible travel arrangements
      from the airport. (Please fill out the arrival information form and send it to the EU
      Programs Office by September 1st, 2008)

     There are two international airports in Istanbul. The biggest and most frequently used
      one is Atatürk International Airport and it is located in “Yeşilköy” on the European
      side. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, which is less popular, is located on the
      Asian side.

     Public transportation from Sabiha Gökçen Airport is less limited. So, in case you are
      arriving at Sabiha Gökçen, you may take a taxi to the campus directly or to Kadıköy-
      where shuttles for the school leave on a regular basis. It would cost around 50 New
      Turkish Liras (25 EUR) to get to Kadıköy and around 50 EUR to our campus. There are
      also frequent shuttles to Kadıköy by the company called “Havaş” which costs around 5
      EUR. For Havaş schedule please check: http://www.havas.com.tr/en/default.asp).

        All students arriving at Atatürk International Airport are recommended to take the
        Havaş, the airport shuttle service, to Taksim. Taksim is the central location of the
        European part of Istanbul, and from there, you can take a taxi to the Maslak Campus in
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         order to take the shuttle to Şile. Havaş tickets from the European side also cost around 5
         EUR.

         There is always an option to take a taxi from the Atatürk Airport, which would cost
         around 70 EUR to the campus and 25 EUR to the Maslak Campus.

         Direct transportation from the airport to the campus can be arranged upon request;
         please contact our office to learn more about the details.

     Shuttle schedule from Maslak Campus, Kadıköy and Taksim to Şile Campus may change
      depending on the semester. Please check the latest shuttle schedule from:
      http://idari.isikun.edu.tr/destek/en/transport.html.

Some Important Dates for the Academic Year 2008-2009

September 1st, 2008
Notification of the EU Programs Office about arrival plans

Fall term classes: 6 October 2008- 16 January 2009
Fall term exams: 19-31 January 2009

October 6th, 2008
First day of classes

October 4-5, 2008
Suggested arrival dates on the campus2

October 6- 12, 2008
Finalization of courses3, orientation program



December 15th, 2008
Notification of the EU Programs Office about arrival plans

Spring term classes: 23 February 2009- 5 June 2009
Spring term exams: 8- 20 June 2009

February 23rd, 2009
First day of classes

February 16-22, 2009
Suggested arrival dates on campus, orientation program, and registration




2 Please be ware that there is a national holiday between Sept. 30th- October 2nd, that is why students are
encouraged to arrive on campus after these dates.
3 Add-drops must be finished within a month after the start of the academic term. Similarly, residence permit

applications must be completed within a month after students’ arrival in the country.
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Please check the detailed academic calendar at for all holidays and other
related information:
http://registrar.isikun.edu.tr/tr/yanmenu/2008-2009_Akdmk_Tkvm.htm

After Your Arrival
Residence Permit
   EU Programs Office is responsible for all exchange students on campus. All students must
   register with this office upon arrival. We will provide a series of orientations for all
   international students and will be your contact for any questions relating to visa matters and
   regulations.

   Having come to the country with a student visa, after arrival, students will need to
   apply for a residence permit.

   For all foreign students, documents needed to obtain a residence permit are to be
   completed and submitted within one month after arrival in Turkey. EU Programs Office
   will help to provide the necessary forms and documents. (Students should have extra
   photographs for official use.) We will also help through the submission of these documents
   to the Police Department for Foreigners.

   All necessary forms and detailed information on how to obtain a Residence Permit can be
   reached at: http://yabancilar.iem.gov.tr/english.htm
   Please check this website to find out about the most recent procedures.

   Required documents for applying to the Residence Permit are:

   o Recent photographs (have extra ones just in case since you will need them for official
     use),
   o completed “Residence Declaration Form” (filled with computer or typewriter and
     printed colored), (http://yabancilar.iem.gov.tr/english.htm)
   o “Ögrenci Belgesi” (Student letter) – Contact Office of the Registrar at Işık University
     to obtain it,
   o “Petition” (in Turkish) for your application,
   o Proof of finances “may be” asked (1200$ deposited in an account, copy of scholarship,
     written contract from one of the parents)
   o Your passport, plus copies of the page with your photograph as well as last page),
   o Application fee (http://yabancilar.iem.gov.tr/english.htm)

   There may be some delays throughout these processes due to bureaucratic matters. It is
   highly important that you keep patient and DO NOT TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF TURKEY
   until the residence permit is received.
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  Address of the Istanbul Police Department Foreigners Directorate:

  Your application will be submitted to the:
  Yabacılar Şube Müdürlüğü (Police Department for Foreigners)
  Istanbul Emniyet Müdürlügü
  Vatan Caddesi Fatih/İstanbul
  Hizmet Binası, Blok 1.kat
  Administrative Office Tel: 212 636 18 70
  Residence Permit Office Tel: 212 636 18 61

  After you obtain the residence permit, you will need to provide the EU Programs Office and
  Office of the Registrar with a copy of the Residence Permit,

Orientation

  It is highly recommended that students attend to the orientation program.

  This program will include cultural trips and social activities as well as guidance on how to get
  integrated into the campus life and learn more about Istanbul. Students will gain a general
  orientation of the campus life besides taking care of their registration related matters. Student
  mentors will be available throughout this program.

  Detailed orientation schedule will be provided as we approach the start of semester; however,
  the general outline is as follows:

  Campus orientation: Getting to know the social center, as well dormitories and academic
  buildings. Information on daily commute and housing related matters will be provided.

  Meeting with academic advisers: Students will meet with their academic advisers as soon
  as they arrive so that they can start finalizing their pending issues with respect to courses, etc.

  Brief on important procedures: Residence permit, pending issues with respect to
  registration, IT related matters, getting a tax number, opening a bank account, etc.

  Information session about Istanbul: This will include activities on our campus organized
  by our student mentors as well as some seminars.

  Tour of Istanbul and meeting with students: Our student mentors will be available to
  take students for a daily tour of the city. This will also give them the opportunity to get to
  know other students.

Registration
  Academic Calendar available at: http://registrar.isikun.edu.tr/en/html.

  The EU Programs Office will guide students to the appropriate academic advisors, who can
  help them to select/finalize the courses that are relevant to their study program. Please note
  that departmental advisers will be Erasmus students’ academic advisers during their exchange
  period.
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Descriptions of the courses offered at Işık University are available on the corresponding
departmental pages, electronic systems on our website and course catalog 2006-2008. To
learn more about the academic units and courses given, you may also contact the relevant
Department/Faculty Coordinators. We strongly advise students to talk to their advisors
at their Home Institutions before departure and to learn about the list of courses which
will be approved by their home department.

EU Programs Office provides students with the updated course list as soon as it is
finalized. Please be ware that some courses may not be opened if there are not enough
registered students at the beginning of each semester. Students will need to finalize their
courses in a month after the start of the semester so students will have time to attend the
courses before they give a final decision.

Important Note on the Courses:

    o Medium of instruction at Işık is English so students will be able enjoy a wide
      variety of options.

    o Students are strongly encouraged to take courses from different departments as
      long as their schedules, programs and level of studies permit.

    o Our on-line "Catalog 2006-2008" can be reached at:
         http://www.isikun.edu.tr/tr/egitim/CATALOG2006-2008.pdf

  o You may have a look at the courses offered each term from:
         http://course.isikun.edu.tr/
         http://registrar.isikun.edu.tr/en/course.html
         http://eu.isikun.edu.tr/en/forms&procedures.html


How to Complete Your Registration in the System

   o   Office of the Registrar will handle the initial registration before students arrive.
   o   Then students will be provided with a log-in account as well as an e-mail address
       which may be used upon arrival to finalize registration related matters.
   o   Please do not forget that every change with respect to your courses must be made
       on the “learning agreement” as well as the “Campus ON-Line system”.
   o   You have to submit the following to finalize your registration: A copy of your
       passport, entrance visa (student visa) and Residence Permit (when received), Bank
       receipt showing the completion of the housing payment upon your arrival.
   o   Our student mentors and staff from the Office of the Registrar will give
       guidance on how to get acquainted with the Campus ON-Line system when
       you arrive.
   o   Once you arrive, please do not forget to apply for the “student letter” (öğrenci
       belgesi) since you will need it for official use; do not forget to get few copies
       since you will get your ID cards later on in the semester.
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       Contacts at the Office of the Registrar:

       Berrin Kocayurt
       Director
       Tel: 90 216 528 7030
       E-Mail: kocayurt isikun.edu.tr

       Neslihan Arslan
       Responsible for the Automation System
       Tel: 90 216 528 7037
       E-Mail: oto.reg isikun.edu.tr


Housing
Incoming students should inform the EU Programs Office about their exact arrival date
and hour in advance for necessary room arrangements.

On our campus, students enjoy a variety of housing options. Some dormitories have rooms with
two and three beds and a private bathroom, while others have three and four beds, where
students use common bathroom facilities at each end of their floor. All rooms are fully furnished
and include refrigerators, cable and wireless internet access. Small kitchenettes in every building
allow students to prepare meals as they wish. There are also fully furnished communal meeting
areas at each dormitory building where students can relax, socialize, or watch TV. There is also a
study hall in each dormitory where students can study alone or in company of other students.

The University offers a campus life characterized by comfort and ease, and is one that offers a
fulfilling social and cultural environment for students. New dormitories are being added every
year. Due to University regulations, female and male students cannot stay in the same room.

Services include: internet, telephone, study rooms, TV rooms, laundry, kitchen, cleaning
service.

Housing request forms should be sent along with your application. These forms the will be
forwarded to the Housing Office. The payment needs to be covered at the latest upon your
arrival and the receipt will be used in registration. You will be provided with more detailed
information about housing arrangements and procedures before you arrive.

Important note: We strongly encourage students to arrive and live in the dormitories first since
we are a campus university. If you decide to move to an apartment then you may do so after
getting used to the place, warming up to the environment and researching. If you have such plans
of moving please plan ahead and ask the Housing Office about procedures and reimbursement
ahead of time (as you are entering).

Contact person at the Housing Office is:

Ms. Zelal Çelik
Tel: 90 216 712 14 60 – 5017
E-Mail: zelal.celik@isikun.edu.tr
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Fees and Expenses in General

Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees in the host institutions; however, they are
responsible for all their personal expenses such as housing, meals, travelling, health insurance,
etc. Please note that personal expenses change in line with individual choices. Below you will find
information on approximate expense items:

   Residence Permit Fee: Paid directly to the Bureau of Foreign Residence, please check
   http://yabancilar.iem.gov.tr/english.htm

   On-Campus Accommodation: All exchange students are guaranteed accommodation.
   Prices change depending on the type of the room.

       Room for two (blue dorms): 3900 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Room for two (orange dorms): 4500 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Room for two (red dorms): 3900 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Room for three (including bathroom) Red- YY2: 3500 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Room for three Red- YY1: 2500 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Room for four Red- YY1: 2250 YTL for academic year/ 1 person
       Deposit (made only once, on moving in): 350 YTL

   Book expenses (average per year according to courses and classes): 400 - 500 YTL
   Food expenses at the campus cafeteria (monthly average, 3 meals/day): 500 YTL
   Incidental and personal expenses (monthly average): 300 YTL
   Personal Health Insurance: You should find out the details from your health insurance
   provider.
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Opening a bank account and obtaining a Tax ID

AKBANK, the official bank Işık University works with, has a branch on campus, located at the
Social Center. You can easily open a bank account with presenting the following documents:
application form, ID (passport), student document from the school and a tax ID.

The tax ID can be easily obtained from Şile Tax Department by presenting your passport and a
letter that shows you are a student at Işık University. Students will be guided about this as they
arrive in the country. The contact information for Şile Tax Department is the following:

Şile Vergi Dairesi (Şile Tax Department)
Telephone: 216 711 23 04
Main line: 216 711 51 10
Fax: 216 711 42 66
Adres: Çavuş Mh. Üsküdar C.ŞİLE /İSTANBUL

Various Important Services on Campus
Food Services

There are two main cafeterias at the Social Center and two classroom cafeterias in classroom
buildings- DMF and DK- for students, which offer lunch and snacks at modest prices. One of
the main ones is the dining hall in the Social Center, offering full course lunch, whereas one
cafeteria is offering snacks/fast-food at the entrance of it.

A third restaurant at the Gençlik Kampı (Youth Camp) overlooks the Black Sea and offers lunch
and dinner. There are vending machines in the dorms and faculty buildings for snacks and drinks.

There are also two cafes situated on campus: one at the Social Center (“Kahve Dünyası”) and the
other one AMF Building (“Segafreddo”).

The main dining hall serves breakfast between 08:00- 09:30, lunch between 11:45-13:45 and
dinner between 18:00-19:45, whereas the fast food cafeteria is open between 08:30-23:00 and the
classroom cafeteria between 08:00-17:00.

The supermarket, located at the Social Center, is open between 09:30-18:30.

Computer Facilities

All students are provided with an e-mail address and internet access. There are network
connections indoors and outdoors throughout the campus, through which every student can be
connected to the internet as well as to the information technology services of the university.
There is also wireless connection available.

Işık University employs several electronic systems for certain academic services. Campus
ONLINE is the web based course registration and student information system providing
students, advisors, faculty members, and academic and administrative managers with the
necessary systems for course scheduling, course registration, advising, grade entry, transcript
production, performance monitoring, and fee payment management. It also provides the
registrar’s office with additional functions specific to the office, including producing graduation
lists and reports. Course ONLINE is a web based course management system providing
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students and instructors with access to electronic information, such as posting and submission of
assignments, grading, and attendance tracking.

Login is at the following website: http://campus.isikun.edu.tr/

      How to set up internet connection in your room (Dorm-net Connection Manual):
       http://idari.isikun.edu.tr/bim/tr/hizmetler/kampusnet.php

      How to change your dorm-net account password:
       http://yurtnet.isikun.edu.tr/changepw/index.html (this information asks for: name, last
       name, number, old password, new password, again the new password, e-mail address)

      How to learn your MAC address:
       http://idari.isikun.edu.tr/bim/tr/hizmetler/mac.php

      How to send your MAC address:
       http://yurtnet.isikun.edu.tr/mac/ (this information asks for: name, last name, number,
       dorm name, room number, mac address, e-mail)

      How           to           change           your         E-Mail                 password:
       http://www.isikun.edu.tr/tr/hizmetler/isik/changepwd.php

      How to open an email account:

        You have to consult the “Data Processing Center”. Students will be automatically
        provided with email addresses and they will be notified about these before they arrive. In
        case you encounter any problems please get in touch with the Data Processing Center.

For questions related to IT related matters (network connection, e-mail accounts, and
internet connection) please contact:

Mr. Volkan Muhtaroğlu
Tel: 90. 216. 528 70 79
E-mail: volkan@isikun.edu.tr

or

Mr. Kerem Ok
Tel: 90. 216. 528 70 73
E-mail: keremok@isikun.edu.tr

For questions related to Campus ONLINE, Course ONLINE related matters please
contact:

Ms. Neslihan Arslan (Office of the Registrar)
Tel: 90 216 528 7037
E-Mail: oto.reg isikun.edu.tr, or neslihan@isikun.edu.tr
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Transportation

There are shuttles available to-from the city centers, both on the Anatolian and European side.

Işık University is located in its own campus near the Black Sea town of Şile, in the northeast of
Istanbul, approximately 60 km from one of the centers Kadıköy, situated between a forest and
the sea. Işık University's campus is located at Kumbaba, Şile, a small town, with its gorgeous
beaches, pristine forest, cottage textile industry, and also famous as a summer resort of Istanbul.
Işık University is, therefore, relatively removed from the hectic life-style of Istanbul, yet close
enough to participate in any activity that great, historical city of twelve million has on offer.

For daily commuting, student and personnel shuttle services are available to and from
Kadıköy (Anatolian side), Taksim (European side) and Maslak (European side) several times
every day. Kadıköy and Taksim are also central locations to socialize and commute.

The tickets cost 6 YTL (about 3 EUR) each way.

Please click here for the updated and                  detailed    shuttle   schedule    and    map:
http://idari.isikun.edu.tr/destek/tr/servis_.html.


Health Services

The Health Center, located at the Social Center, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a
doctor and healthcare personnel in attendance. The university has a contract with health clinics
and the state hospital in Şile to provide emergency services to the university students and staff.
Exchange students are required to have a health insurance policy that covers their expenses
during their study at Işık University.


Counseling

Psychological Counseling Center is comprised of two part-time psychologists who work on an
appointment basis from 08:30 until 17:00 throughout the week. The Counseling Center aims to
support the multifaceted needs of our students such as adapting to university and campus life and
assisting them in their individual and professional enrichment. It also carries out studies related to
various aspects of campus life such as dormitories towards improvement of services in line with
the students’ needs. Students get the chance to attend private sessions as well as team work and
training sessions all of which help them to handle stress, learn to improve their skills and solve
individual problems.

The Psychological Counseling Center is located in the Student Center on the 2nd Floor. For
detailed information: http://www2.isikun.edu.tr/Idari/pdm/tr/iupdm/ekip.php
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Other Services

   Photocopying and related facilities are available in the EFL (08:30-16:00), AMF (08:30-
    17:00) and DMF (08:30-19:00) buildings.
   There is a bookshop at the Social Center from which you can have access to textbooks
    and stationary materials.
   The supermarket, located at the Social Center, is open between 09:30-18:30.
   There is a hairdresser at the Social Center on weekdays between 08:30-17:00.
   ATMs are available in front of the Academic Building as well as inside the Social Center.
   In order to send your mail, you should contact the Office of University Support
    Services- “Destek Hizmetleri” in the Academic Building, and they will assist you with the
    necessary arrangements.
   Akbank, the official bank for the campus, has an office in the Social Center.
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PRACTICAL NOTES ON LIVING IN ISTANBUL
City Transportation
Airports: Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) is the center of all international/national arrivals and
departures on the European side, and is located about 30 minutes away from the city center. The
domestic and international terminals at the airport offer vast amount of services to passengers.
Most of the major international airlines have services and there are facilities such as banking,
change offices, ATMs, rent-a-car, pharmacy, shopping, duty-free, restaurants, cafés, bars and an
information desk. A convenient public transportation system, Havaş, offers shuttle service
from/to various points in the city center. For details please visit: http://www.havas.net/en/.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, about 45 minutes away
from the city center on the Asian side. It serves limited number of international flights, domestic
flights, and has recently started flights with some moderately priced alternative companies like
Easy Jet, Pegasus, Atlas Jet, etc.

Ground Transportation

Buses: Buses belong to either the municipality or to private companies. The municipality ones
accept AKBİL (an electronic pass) and tickets, whereas the rest may accept cash on the bus.
Buses tend to get very crowded especially during rush hours due to heavy traffic. However, they
give an opportunity to go around the whole city at very reasonable prices. Route names and
numbers are on the front of each vehicle and there are also route itineraries at each bus stop. You
can get detailed information from: http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/index.php.

Metro: Istanbul currently operates two basic metro lines on the European Side. The first one is
very convenient for traveling between 4 Levent and Taksim because it stops at major
business/shopping districts (4 Levent- Levent- Mecidiyeköy/Şişli- Osmanbey- Taksim), whereas
the second metro line operates between Aksaray and the Atatürk Airport.

There is also a tram system operating from Kabataş, passing through the historical Sultanahmet
area heading towards the city walls. Additionally, the historical Tünel, one of the shortest railways
in the world, operating between Karaköy-Beyoğlu and the funicular between Kabataş-Taksim are
two other important rail systems.

Dolmuş (mini-buses): They run on flexible schedules and along different routes throughout the
city, but they may be waved down on the street as well. It is useful to get information related to
their routes from local people. The fare is fixed depending on the route, and it is also shown on
the placard in front of the vehicle, and you pay as you get on. It is suggested to have small change
when taking the dolmuş.

Taxis: Taxis are metered and have relatively reasonable prices compared to taxis in many other
European cities. Daytime fares are between the hours 06:00-24:00 and they go up by 50% after
midnight. Knowing the name/address of the destination is recommended.
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Sea Transportation

Large ferries, smaller ferryboats, and sea buses have become important parts of the daily commute
since they save passengers from traffic jams. The important boat docks on the European Side are
Karaköy, Eminönü, Kabataş, İstinye and Beşiktaş by the Bosphorus, whereas important docks on
the Asian side are Üsküdar and Kadıköy.

İstanbul Sea Buses (İDO) operates both intercity (Bostancı, Prince’s Islands, Bosphorus, Kabataş,
Kadıköy, Karaköy, Eminönü, Bakırköy) and other domestic (Yalova, Bandırma, Çınarcık,
Armutlu, Mudanya, Marmara Islands) lines. On the other hand, traditional ferries carry
passengers along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn as well as to the Princes' Islands.

Tickets: The electronic travel pass system, Akbil, may be used on buses, the metro, subways, the
Tünel, ferries and sea buses. They can be purchased at various Akbil sales points at the main ferry
ports and bus stops such as in Kadıköy, Karaköy, Taksim, etc. Akbil lets passengers commute
with reduced prices and make payment much simpler and lets you avoid lines. Tickets or tokens
can also be obtained at ticket booths at the ports,

Communication
Country code: (+ 90)
Area codes: (0- 212) - European side, (0- 216) - Asian side

The use of mobile phones is very common. The most well-known companies are Turkcell,
Vodafone and Avea. Phones can be purchased in many shops and users can receive monthly bills
or buy prepaid cards. One important notice is that phones bought abroad cannot be used with
Turkish Sim cards for a long time unless they are registered with Turkish customs when you
enter the country.

Phone booths, where you may use phone cards are located all around the city. Access to the
Internet is available at internet cafes located in various parts of the city as well as some cafes with
wireless connections. You can get information on Turk Telecom Services from
www.telekom.gov.tr.

Post offices have yellow “PTT” signs in front of the buildings. Few of the central ones may be
open Monday through Sunday, 08:30 - 19:00; whereas smaller offices are open Monday
through Friday, 08:30 - 17:00. One efficient way of sending posts domestically may be using
private cargo companies such as Aras Kargo, Yurtiçi Kargo, MNG Kargo all of which under
normal conditions transfer documents in one day from one domestic destination to another. In
addition, well-known international courier companies such as TNT, UPS, DHL and FedEx are
also available.

If you would like to use the regular post as well as Aras Kargo, you may get in touch with
University’s Support Services (Destek Hizmetleri) at the entrance of AMF Building.
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Emergency and Medical Services and Pharmacies

There are a wide range of medical facilities in İstanbul that include fully equipped hospitals,
ambulance services, laboratories, and tomography and magnetic resonance centers that may
belong to public services as well as private companies. Prices and quality of services fluctuate.
Pharmacies are usually open between 09:00-19:00. For emergencies, there is always an open
pharmacy open 24 hours in every district of the city. The ones open 24 hours are shown on the
windows of each pharmacy.

Some of the important emergency numbers include the following: Ambulance- 112, Fire-
110,Police- 155, Number Information- 118, Emergency Help- 444 0 911.

You can have access to detailed information on the country, its geography, economy, culture,
history and living here from the various links below:

Money & Banking
The currency is the New Turkish lira (YTL) and the New Kuruş (Ykr). There are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50,
and 100 YTL banknotes and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Ykr coins as well as a 1 YTL coin. (1 YTL= 100
Ykr) The VAT (KDV) is 8% and it is generally included in the bills. Credit cards are widely issued
and banking is carried out at international standards. The wide existence of (ATMs) all over has
made electronic banking very convenient. The generally accepted credit cards are Visa,
MasterCard, Diner’s Club and American Express. All banks perform operations such as changing
money, transferring money overseas and efficient online and telephone banking services. Checks
are not common, yet travelers’ checks can be cashed in select banks, post offices and exchange
offices by submitting a copy of your passport and Eurocard.

Banks are usually open weekdays from 8:30 until noon or 12:30, depending on the bank, and
from 13:30 to 17.00. Some banks are in business during lunch hours as well. The most
convenient way to exchange money is through Exchange offices (döviz bürosu). There are
exchange offices in most central areas, and some are open until midnight in tourist areas. The
exchange commissions of banks and foreign exchange offices differ.
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Sightseeing

Istanbul has many districts with varying characteristics. You could take a long walk along the
Bosphorus, attend to a nice café, visit spectacular sights, walk along the busy streets for shopping,
or follow up the latest cultural events. The following is just to give an idea:

       Sultanahmet is the central district of the imperial old city, which is the home of the most
        significant historical attractions such as: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı
        Palace, Basilica Cistern and various other museums.

       The Golden Horn (Haliç) used to be the centre for the Byzantine and Ottoman navies
        and commercial shipping, whereas today, it has become an important commercial site and
        center for commuting with ferries departing regularly for the docks of Karaköy and
        Eminönü. At Fener and Balat, neighborhoods close to the Golden Horn, there are
        houses, churches, and synagogues from Byzantine and Ottoman times. The Orthodox
        Patriarchy also resides here.

       The Bosphorus (Boğaziçi): Great view with modern hotels, mansions (yalı), palaces,
        restaurants and cafes. The best way to see it is to take a walk or get on one of the ferries/
        excursion boats. Some typical neighborhoods include: Beşiktaş, Ortaköy, Bebek, Sarıyer.
        One of the main points to see is Maiden’s Tower. Excursion boats leave on occasional
        basis from the docks such as Ortaköy, Eminönü, Karaköy (all on the European side).

       Taksim: Taksim square is one of the main points for shopping, entertainment and
        cultural activities. “Istiklal Caddesi” is an example with extraordinary architecture,
        fashionable shops, bookstores, cinemas, markets and restaurants. There are embassy
        buildings, schools and the infamous Balık Pazarı (Fish Bazaar) and restaurants in Çiçek
        Pasajı (Flower Passage) and Nevizade. Atatürk Cultural Centre (AKM), one of the most
        important complexes for theatre and opera and several famous and boutique hotels are
        also around this area.

       Galata: Galata is a neighborhood close to Taksim with exquisite cafes, old architecture,
        art galleries as well as the infamous Galata Tower, from where you can view the old and
        new İstanbul. When you walk from Galata towards Taksim İstiklal Caddesi you will come
        to Tünel area with lots of cafes, bookhops, music shops, nice restaurants and bars.

Shopping
There are various shopping alternatives depending on your needs. The famous traditional bazaars
like the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) and Spice Bazaar- Egyptian Market (Mısır Çarşısı)
offer traditional goods and unique locations where you can also enjoy the centuries-old historical
sights of the city. The Grand Bazaar has products such as jewelry, rugs, carpets, antiques, leather,
and food in a complex of different shops, whereas the Spice Bazaar offers various types of spices,
food and traditional souvenirs.

The city also offers modern malls and neighborhoods convenient for shopping for a wide range
of budgets. District bazaars, modern malls, individual stores and street vendors are all parts of the
city life. Some of the famous neighborhoods convenient for shopping are Bağdat Caddesi (Asian
Side), Nişantaşı (European Side), Kadıköy (Asian Side), and Beyoğlu’s İstiklal Caddesi (European
Side). Some of the modern malls include Kanyon, Metrocity, Profilo, Akmerkez, Galleria, Maslak
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Çarşı, Cevahir, and G-Mall on the European side; furthermore, there are Tepe Nautilus,
Carrefour, Capitol and IKEA on the Asian side.

Shopping hours vary from store to store and day to day. Modern shops are mostly open seven
days a week from 10:00 until 20:00 and during lunch time as well (opening hours may be around
noon on Saturdays and Sundays). Shops may close or open late during national and religious
holidays, whereas the historical Bazaars are closed on Sundays. Supermarkets and small markets
(bakkal) are generally open from 10:00 to 20:00 and 07:00 until 22:00 respectively both during
weekdays and weekends.

Concerts, Festivals
Cultural Events that include various music festivals, film festival, and infamous performances by
outstanding artists are part of the daily routine. You can check the following for upcoming
events:

Online Ticketmaster Company
http://www.biletix.com/webbiletix/biletix.do

İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

http://www.iksv.org/english


Galleries and Museums

Rahmi Koç Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum, Istanbul Museum
of Graphic Arts (IMOGA)

Aksanat, C.A.M, Evin Art Gallery, Galerist, İşSanat, Pi Artworks, Gallery Işık.

Travel Agencies

ETS Tour: www.etstur.com
Trek Turizm: www.trek.com.tr, www. ekobilet.com.tr
Setur: http://www.setur.com.tr/en/english.asp

Airlines

Information on some budget airlines can be reached at from:

Atlas Jet: www.atlasjet.com
Corendon Airlines: www.corendon-airlines.com/tr/
Easy Jet: www.easyjet.com
Fly Airlines: www.flyair.com.tr
Freebird Airlines: www.freebirdairlines.com/
Germanwings: www.germanwings.com
Onur Air: www.onurair.com.tr
Pegasus Airlines: www.flypgs.com
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Turkish Airlines: www.thy.com

Bus Companies

Some of the frequently used bus companies are the following:
Kamil Koç: http://www.kamilkoc.com.tr/
444 0 562
Ulusoy: www.ulusoy.com.tr
444 1 888
Varan: http://www.varan.com.tr/english/biletsatis.asp
444 8 999

The main bus station (otogar) is outside of the city center. However, frequently used bus
companies have central stations in various downtown locations with free shuttle service to/from
various locations. Less frequently used ones may have shuttles operating between the main
station and predefined downtown centers.

Car Rental

Avis Rent a Car: 212 368 68 00
Budget Rent a Car: 212 253 92 00

Very Brief Driving Information:

You must be over 18 and must have a valid driving license to drive a vehicle in Turkey.
Foreign driving licenses are valid for one year as long as your personal information is stated
in Turkish or English. Most car rental agencies might refuse to rent you a vehicle if you have
your driving license less than a year or two. Drunk driving is strongly prohibited.

Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Turkey

Up-to-date    information       on   consulate    information     can     be    reached     at:
http://www.kultur.gov.tr/TR/BelgeGoster.aspx?F6E10F8892433CFF8AB2E675B78192E8A401C719
5E721AB5

International and Local Cargo Companies

MNG Airlines: http://www.mngairlines.com/
FedEx: http://www.fedex.com/tr/
TNT: http://www.tnt.com/country/tr_tr/about/tarih.html
UPS: http://www.ups.com.tr/index.asp
DHL: http://www.dhl.com.tr/publish/tr/tr/about/local_about.high.html
Aras Kargo: http://www.arascargo.com/
Yurtiçi Kargo: http://www.yurticikargo.com/
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Basic Information about Prices in Turkey

Approximate prices of some basic products and services are listed below. Please do not forget to
check for the current exchange rate.

1 Bread                         0.85 YTL
Packaged bread (1 pack)         2.50 YTL
1 kg meat                     16 YTL
1 chicken                       6 YTL
1 kg potato                    1.3 YTL
1 kg tomato                    0.89 YTL
1 kg apple                     2 YTL
1 kg cherry                    5 YTL
1 kg banana                    3 YTL
1 kg orange                    3 YTL
1 kg pasta                     3 YTL

Milk (1lt)                    1.30 YTL
Coffee (500 gr)               10 YTL
Feta Cheese (700 gr)           8 YTL
Yellow Cheese (500 gr)         6 YTL
Beer (1 bottle, 33 CL)         2 YTL
Coke (1 lt)                    1.60 YTL
Wine (1 bottle)               10 YTL

Detergent (9kg)               18 YTL
1 Soap                         1 YTL

Dolmuş (mini-buses)            5 YTL
Ferry                          1.40 YTL
Sea Bus                        6 YTL, 4 YTL (AKBİL- smart card)
Subway                         1.40 YTL
Trams                          1.40 YTL
Inner-city by Bus              1.30 YTL
Inter-city by Bus             70 YTL
Domestic flight (one way)    100 YTL

Cinema ticket                 10 YTL
Concert ticket                40 YTL
Haircut                       20 YTL
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Useful Links

Traveling and General Information:

Istanbul Ataturk Airport- www.ataturkairport.com/
Sabiha Gökçen Airport- www.sgairport.com/
Turkish Airlines- www.thy.com/tr-TR/
Ministry of Tourism- www.turizm.gov.tr-
Ministry of Culture- www.kultur.gov.tr-
http://www.goturkey.com/

Hotels in Turkey and in Istanbul, hotel reservations, tours, restaurants, car rentals-
www.bookinturkey.com

General information about living in Turkey- www.mymerhaba.com

Transportation:

Sea Transportation- www.ido.com.tr
IETT (Istanbul Public Transportation General Directorate - Buses, Metro, Trams)-
www.iett.gov.tr/en/index.php


Activities and Attractions:
Online information and tickets for various performances, games- www.biletix.com/eng-

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts involves information on various national/international
festivals in the city- www.iksv.org/english-

News portal- www.ntvmsnbc.com-
News portal- www.cnnturk.com/-

Nightlife, Food and Drink:
www.istanbul.com
www.timeout.com.tr
www.istanbulcityguide.com
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STUDENT ARRIVAL FORM

** PLEASE TURN IN THIS ARRIVAL FORM TO aksay@isikun.edu.tr AT THE
LATEST BY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2008 SO THAT NECESSARY ROOM ARRANGEMENTS
AND COMMUTE MAY BE FINALISED.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU HAVE TO INFORM THE EU PROGRAMS OFFICE
ABOUT ANY CHANGES YOU MAKE TO YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.



NAME OF THE STUDENT:



FLIGHT INFORMATION:



INTENDED ARRIVAL DATE IN ISTANBUL:



INTENDED ARRIVAL DATE ON CAMPUS:


WOULD YOU PREFER TO ATTEND TO (A) AN INTENSIVE TURKISH COURSE
ON CAMPUS OR (B) WOULD YOU PREFER A LANGUAGE SCHOOL?


DATE:                    SIGNATURE:
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IŞIK UNIVERSITY ERASMUS & GLOBAL INTERACTION
CLUB: I WANT A MENTOR FORM

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION:

*SURNAME:

*NAME:

*COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP:

*SPOKEN LANGUAGES:

*HOME INSTITUTION:

*DEPARTMENT:

*CYCLE OF EDUCATION: BACHELOR ( ) MASTER ( )

*ADRESS:

*PHONE:

*E-MAIL:



  2. PERSONAL INFORMATION

*WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?



*WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?



*WHAT KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE? (DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY)



*WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES DO YOU WANT TO HAVE DURING YOUR
ERASMUS TERM?
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  3. ARRIVAL INFORMATION (FILL IN IF ONLY YOUR TRIP IS
     ALREADY BOOKED. IF NOT YOU CAN ADD LATER)

*DO YOU WANT YOUR MENTOR TO MEET YOU AT YOUR ARRIVAL?
(STRONGLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE FIRST TIME IN ISTANBUL AND
DON’T HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE TO MEET YOU.)
YES ( )  NO ( )


*WHICH WAY ARE YOU GOING TO USE TO TRAVEL TO TURKEY?

PLANE ( )       TRAIN ( )        OTHER ………………………




  4. ANYTHING YOU LIKE TO ADD?




** PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AND SEND (fax or e-mail) IT ALONG WITH
THE     STUDENT       ARRIVAL    FORM    TO   cihan.keskin@isik.edu.tr,
aksay@isikun.edu.tr WITH A FACE SHOT PHOTO ATTACHED.

** USE ONLY LETTERS IN THE BRITISH ALPHABETH AND CHARACTERS
Ğ,Ü,Ş,İ,Ö,Ç.

				
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